IFRC launches knowledge-sharing platform in support of migrants’ safety, dignity and resilience

Published: 14 September 2016

Geneva, 14 September 2016 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched a new knowledge-sharing migration platform, putting its expertise at the fingertips of governments and humanitarian partners in the run-up to the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

Smart Practices will allow humanitarian partners and governments to share and compare lessons, expertise and best practices around migration, supporting a managed and humane global approach to saving lives, building resilience and promoting human dignity. The platform can be accessed at http://www.ifrc.org/smartpractices.

Dr Garry Conille, IFRC Under-Secretary General for Programmes and Operations, said: “Every day, thousands of desperate people are making the hazardous journey to find a new home. Smart Practices is designed to help to save lives by providing the tools and knowledge to build resilience and promote human dignity along the world’s migration trails.

“The UN migration summit in New York on 19 September is an unprecedented opportunity to stop indifference to deaths and suffering along the migration trail, by committing to solutions that focus on saving lives and promoting human dignity. The IFRC hopes the knowledge, data and resources collected in Smart Practices will help to achieve this.”

The IFRC will continue to expand Smart Practices as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and partners test, implement and scale new initiatives to support migrants and refugees. The platform includes a template allowing for new practices to be submitted, verified, and added to the database.

For further information, please contact:

In Geneva:

  • Benoit Carpentier, Team leader, public communications, IFRC

Mobile: +41 792 132 413, E-mail: benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org

IFRC is the world`s largest humanitarian network comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

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